During a stand-up set in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday, the comedian told the audience that he was asked to emcee next year's Academy Awards. According to the Arizona Republic, Chris said asking him to return to Oscars hosting duties would be like returning to the scene of a crime. He compared the offer to asking Nicole Brown Simpson "to go back to the restaurant" where she left her glasses before she was killed in 1994. The joke referenced the high-profile murder of former sports star O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole.